Dragons win 11 inning thriller over Tincaps

DAYTON (WDTN) – Ty Washington’s two-out single drove in Jonathan Reynoso from second base with the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning as the Dayton Dragons defeated the Fort Wayne TinCaps 6-5 at Fifth Third Field.  The win allowed the Dragons to earn their fourth straight series victory as they took two-out-of-three from Fort Wayne.  Dayton has won nine of its last 12 games.

The winning rally began when Reynoso reach on a one-out fielding error by Fort Wayne shortstop Franchy Cordero.  Reynoso advanced to second base on a wild pitch with two outs, and Washington hit a hard liner through the left side of the infield into left field.  As Reynoso rounded third, Fort Wayne left fielder Henry Charles fired home, but the throw was slightly off line and Reynoso scored to end the game.

The Dragons trailed 5-4 entering the bottom of the ninth inning but they took advantage of a TinCaps’ error to tie the game.  Luis Gonzalez singled to center field to start the inning and went to second on Narciso Crook’s ground out.  Reynoso then hit a ground ball to shortstop, but Cordero’s throw to first was high and carried into the seats to allow Gonzalez to score from second and tie the game at 5-5.

Fort Wayne built a 2-0 lead, getting single runs in the fourth and sixth.  The Dragons battled back to tie the game with two in the bottom of the sixth.  Narciso Crook started the inning with a base hit through the middle and went to third on Jonathan Reynoso’s single to right.  Wendell Soto’s sacrifice fly to right brought in Crook to make it 2-1.  Ty Washington’s bunt single advanced Reynoso to second, and after Jimmy Pickens flied to left, Gavin LaValley lined a hit to right to drive in Reynoso and tie the game at 2-2.

Dayton took the lead in the seventh when Crook blasted a two-run home run to left, his first homer of the year, to make it 4-2.  But Fort Wayne’s Duanel Jones answered with a three-run home run in the top of the eighth to give the TinCaps a 5-4 lead.

Dragons starting pitcher Mark Armstrong went the first six innings and pitched well.  He allowed four hits and two runs (one earned) with one walk and three strikeouts but was not involved in the decision.  Brian Hunter (3-1) was credited with the win.  He tossed two scoreless innings of relief.

The Dragons finished with 11 hits.  Washington had three hits while Crook and Gonzalez each had two.

The Dragons remain home and open a new three-game series with the West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit Tigers affiliate) at Fifth Third Field on Thursday at 7:05 p.m.  Tyler Mahle (2-2, 4.73) will pitch for the Dragons against West Michigan’s A.J. Ladwig (1-3, 7.20).

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